The Childcare Offer in the Vale of Glamorgan

The Welsh Government Childcare Offer is available in the Vale of Glamorgan

Applications are open at 9am 4 March 2019 for children who are eligible to start Foundation Phase Nursery from the 29 April 2019 (or are already in nursery school).


All complete applications submitted with all correct evidence by March 25th will be responded to by April 15th with a funding start date from April 29th 2019 (the beginning of Summer Term). Incomplete applications received between March 4th – 25th 2019 will take longer to process. You can still apply after March 25th, but funding may not be guaranteed for the start of the term. 



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The offer

A maximum 30 hours of combined education and childcare will be offered to eligible working parents of 3 and 4 year olds for up to 48 weeks of the year. 


The 30 hours will consist of a combination of the existing Foundation Phase Nursery (12.5 hours) open to all 3 and 4 year olds and the additional funded childcare (17.5 hours) for eligible families. During the school holidays it will just consist of 30 hours funded childcare, for up to 9 weeks of the year.


When can I apply?

The offer is available for children from the term after their third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday when they are offered a full-time education place:


You will be able to submit your application 8 weeks before the beginning of the term your child becomes eligible for the offer.


Who can apply?

You are eligible for the childcare offer if:

  • your child is 3 or 4 years old
  • you live in the Vale of Glamorgan 
  • you work at least 16 hours at the national minimum or living wage
  • both parents work if you are a two parent family
  • you earn a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours at the national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) (around £111 and £115 a week at the current 21-24 NMW and NLW rate respectively) but less than £100k per year


How to apply

Applications open on the 4 March 2019 for 3 and 4 year olds eligible to take up the offer from the summer term (29 April 2019).


Before applying for the childcare offer you need to arrange a childcare place with a provider that is registered with the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) and is able to meet your childcare requirements.


You should talk to your childcare provider first as the childcare offer application form asks you to confirm which childcare provider you are using. 


To reduce delays please ensure you attach scans/photographs of the following supporting evidence:

  • Child's birth certificate

  • Parent’s Proof of residency (most recent Council Tax Statement)

  • If Employed: Parent's last three months wage slips. If Self-Employed: Self-Assessment Tax Return and unique tax reference (UTR) number (If self-employed for less than 12 months, UTR number and projected earnings for the year)

To apply for the 12.5 hours Foundation Nursery Phase please contact the School Admissions team on 01446 709844 or alternatively visit here


Will I have to pay anything?

The childcare offer funds a maximum of 30 hours of early education and childcare per week. The funding from the government is for the education and care the professionals within the setting provide. It does not include food, transport or off-site activities that incur an extra charge and providers will be able to charge you for these.


Further information





Vale Family Information Service (FIS)

Dock Offices

Subway Road


Vale of Glamorgan

CF63 4RT


  • 01446 704704